Private equity investors compete in a world defined by risk and high-stakes opportunity. Finding lawyers with the knowledge to provide clear, steady guidance throughout the complex deal-making process is critical. With extensive experience on both the investor and portfolio company sides, a thorough understanding of current market terms, and superior coverage of major private equity and alternative investment markets, Nixon Peabody has the resources to help investors succeed.
Over the past eight years, Private Equity Analyst has ranked Nixon Peabody among the most active law firms for private equity and venture capital transactions (#17 in 2012), as well as for fund formation and investments (#3 in 2012). In addition, our attorneys have been recognized as leaders in the field by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Best Lawyers in America.
We represent leading middle and lower middle market private equity funds in buyouts, recapitalizations, and a wide range of portfolio investment activities. Our experience includes:
- Structure, negotiation, and execution of leveraged buyout transactions
- M&A work for portfolio companies
- Going-private transactions
- Distressed investments, restructuring, and claims trading
- Minority investments and co-investments
- Executive compensation programs
Nixon Peabody’s Private Equity attorneys are typically engaged at the earliest stage of a transaction, which provides the advantage of understanding corporate, tax, risk-allocation, and deal execution factors at the onset. We negotiate and draft acquisition documents on the basis of those factors and an understanding of the target company and the business deal.
Our attorneys also have experience structuring and negotiating the various layers of senior and subordinated debt and equity financing in connection with leveraged transactions. We have handled a wide variety of acquisition financing arrangements, including private placements, secured financings, issuances of asset-backed securities, and various forms of seller financing.
Providing integrated support to clients requires that we team with colleagues from other disciplines, including attorneys in the firm’s tax, corporate finance, capital markets, corporate governance, intellectual property, ERISA, labor and employment, real estate, environmental, and litigation practices.